If Obama’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State is to work, the Saudis and Iranians must cooperate.
Qatar wants to increase its influence and break free from Saudi Arabia’s orbit. But its miscalculations and domestic and international challenges make that difficult.
The well-intentioned instincts of Barack Obama have run up against the harsh, complex realities of a Middle East in which no conflict has only two sides or a good outcome that doesn’t create new risks.
Much of the U.S. strategy towards Iraq will hinge on what goes on in Baghdad itself and the actions that the Iraqi government takes toward its own population.
With no mainstream media channel through which to communicate, Islamic State uses extreme acts of violence in order to attract global attention online.
The most effective way to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis is for neighboring states to assume a leading role in development spending, infrastructure upgrading, and job creation.
The setting of a minimum and maximum wage for Egypt’s civil service will help the system become more transparent and equal. But comprehensive reform is still needed.
It is unusual for a U.S. ally to launch airstrikes without informing the United States.
The Arab states are at a tipping point. Some have already gone past it, while others must make hard choices if they are to avoid it.
The Sisi government’s policies of repression and exclusion are alienating Egypt’s restive population and threatening to push Egyptians into the arms of extremist groups.